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Video shows a market in Langowan (Indonesia), not in Wuhan (China).


A video of an animal market is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it shows a market in Wuhan (China), the suspected origin of the novel Coronavirus outbreak. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of an animal market in Wuhan (China). 

Fact: The video was taken at an animal market in Langowan (Indonesia). Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

At the beginning of the video, the words ‘Pasar EXTREME Langowan’ (English translation – ‘Market Extreme Langowan’) can be seen. So, when searched with those words on Google, many similar videos were found in the search results. A user has uploaded the same video on YouTube, in December-2019, with the title: ‘VIRALL Pasar EXTREME Langowan INDONESIA’. Langowan is in Indonesia.

At 0:20 secs, in the video, the words ‘KANTOR PASAR LANGOWAN’ can be seen on a poster hanged on the wall. The English translation of the words– ‘Office of the Langowan Market’. This indicates that the video was taken at the Langowan market (Indonesia), not at the Wuhan market (China).

Also, many other similarities can be seen when the photos of the Langowan market on the ‘Getty Images’ website are compared with the visuals in the posted video.

To sum it up, the video shows a market in Langowan (Indonesia), not in Wuhan (China).

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